dilatory (adj.)

mid-15c., dilatorie, "marked by or given to procrastination or delay, not prompt," from Old French dilatorie and directly from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "to delay, put off, postpone," from assimilated form of dis- "away from" (see dis-) + ferre "to bear, carry," from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry." Meaning "intending to cause delay" is from 1530s. Related: Dilatorily; dilatoriness.

Origin and meaning of dilatory

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